Kids love the outdoors, and they often enjoy going out in the cooler evening hours in summer to play in the dark or collect fireflies. Instead of keeping your child captive indoors and making them miss out on these fun summer pastimes, you can learn how to keep your child from becoming a target for mosquitoes.
1: Dress Kids In Light-Colored Clothing
While the reason is not known, mosquitoes seem to be more attracted to dark colors than light colors. So, if your child likes to play outdoors in the evening, dress him or her in light-colored clothes. You also want to cover as much skin as possible. Loose-fitting, long-sleeved pants and shirts will help your child stay cool, while keeping mosquitoes away. It is also a good idea for them to wear tennis shoes, instead of sandals to cover the feet. Mosquitoes like to hide in tall grass and children's feet can become a great dinner as they run through the grass.
If you plan to have a small child out during peak mosquito hours in the evening, purchase a net made to cover a stroller and let baby sit inside with some toys.
2: Use Repellents When Needed, But Safely
You can use mosquito repellents that contain DEET on children, but only when the risk of being bitten is high. You should not use products containing DEET on children 2 months old or younger. There are also safety guidelines for other ages. When you do use products containing DEET on children, use it sparingly and use products with no more than a 30 percent concentration of DEET. For children under 12, only use these products once per day, for children over 12 you can use these products more often.
If you have questions about using mosquito repellents safely, make sure to contact your pediatrician for advice.
3: Consider Calling In Professionals
If mosquito populations seem to be high, and even though you've taken measures to keep your kids safe, they still battling the buzzing pests, consider calling in a professional pest control company (such as Cavanaugh's Professional Termite & Pest Services). While professionals cannot completely eradicate mosquitoes from around your yard, they can significantly reduce the mosquito population and give you tips on how to keep mosquitoes out of your home.
Mosquito bites affect people in different ways, so if your child tends to be more sensitive to bites, you may want to consider keeping him or her indoors—at least until the mosquito population is down. Or allowing them to play in a screened-in area outdoors.